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Sprouts anyone?

16 Mar

Read this article!

“Sprouting also changes the chemistry of seeds, so they become nutritional powerhouses,” said chef Adina Niemerow, an expert in holistic cooking. The seeds develop more vitamins (usually lots of A, B, and C) and other nutrients, often in concentrated form. Compared to broccoli, for instance, broccoli sprouts can have up to 50 times more of the cancer-preventing phytochemical sulforaphane. Raw sprouts also have lots of enzymes — those mysterious “life forces.” Niemerow believes these enzymes can make you feel younger and more energized.”

Interesting, right?!

Organic seeds just for sprouting are on my shopping list for next week!

20 Uses for Leftover Fruit and Vegetable Rinds and Peels

9 Mar

Avoiding processed foods is good for your body and the environment; it means less salt/fat for you and less trash at the dump. But I find that even when I buy vegetables and fruits, I still have trash. Yes, it’s biodegradable waste but you learn in school about the Native Americans who use every part of the buffalo, etc… and I am inspired to do the same with my food sources! That is why I am so excited to share this article with you. I posted the beauty uses for fruit and vegetable leftovers from the article:

Make a Banana Sugar Scrub. Sprinkle sugar on the flesh side of banana peels and use as a soft, exfoliating loofa. Rub gently all over your body and then rinse in the shower.

Refresh Your Face. For a skin tonic, rub orange or grapefruit peels on your face (avoiding your eyes) and then gently rinse with warm water.

Moisturize. Rub the fleshy part of an avocado peel on your face for a rich moisturizer.

Relieve Your Peepers. Potato peels can reduce puffiness around eyes; press the moist side of the fresh peels to the skin for 15 minutes.

Read the full article here.

Do you have any uses for leftover fruit and vegetable peels that you would like to share?

Less salt, more spices!

20 Feb

It is a common fact that Americans eat too much salt. You can blame the fast food or the frozen dinners but it’s a growing issue and it only gets worse with age as it can lead to a whole magnitude of health problems. Consequently, one of my new year’s resolutions was to decrease my consumption of salt. It’s tough thing to do because salt makes food so good! It’s difficult but I will only add a dash of sea salt to my kitchen creations when necessary!

Anyway, I came across this article on Men’s Health and it’s a short and sweet summary of The Perfect Spice Rack. I will definitely use this guide to flavor my future kitchen adventures and to figure out the best health benefits of each spice. I strongly recommend it to you too!

Before I go, I want to share with you the benefits of my favorite spice… the lovely garlic 🙂

“A compound called allicin helps give garlic its cure-all profile. Allicin is a strong antibacterial and antifungal, linking garlic to lower cancer rates, stronger cardiovascular systems, and decreased fat storage and acne inflammation.”

Garlic rules!!

The Benefits of Sugar Cane Juice

30 Jan

Not only is it delicious and refreshing, it’s good for you! Sugar cane juice gets two happy thumbs up!
There is nothing like freshly squeezed sugar cane juice on a sunny afternoon in Chinatown Los Angeles.
The lady puts the sugar cane through some sort of juicer contraption to get the juice into the pitcher.

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Benefits:

“Sugarcane is rich in phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Sugarcane is an alkalizing substance, and therefore is beneficial at fighting cancer. Studies have shown that it has proven an effective at fighting prostate and breast cancer cells.

Furthermore, it is exceptionally beneficial for rehydration as it not only cools the body but also energizes with a high quantity of useful carbohydrates and protein. The nutrients found in sugarcane are beneficial to inner organ functioning, including the kidneys, heart and brain.”

Quoted from this article.

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Cheers to health!!